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Online and off-campus support for teaching staff: Copyright & referencing

This guide provides links to online resources to support the development of teaching and learning resources off-campus.

Referencing & academic integrity

Referencing is critical for both students and teaching staff to support academic integrity and to demonstrate professional practice.

When creating online resources for students, it is essential that resources are attributed correctly.  The library has created a guide explaining the principles of why referencing is important and how it supports academic integrity.  View the guide on Referencing Fundamentals for further information.

In addition to the above guide, the Library has also developed a style guide on how to correctly cite sources in Harvard and APA formats.  The style guide, called ERNI, provides examples of in-text citations for many information sources including hardcopy, web sources, social media, journal articles images and music.  In addition, clear guidelines on the preparation of reference lists and bibliographies are available.

ERNI is available from the Library website under the heading Quicklinks - ERNI easy referencing.  Click on the image below to explore ERNI.




Copyright - what you need to know


"Copyright symbol - white background" by DavidWees is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Copyright, particularly in terms of developing online resources, can be confusing to teaching staff.

To assist with understanding copyright in the educational environment, a library guide has been created to answer the most common questions.  Should you have any additional queries, please contact the Liaison Librarians.

The Copyright library guide can be found here.

Further detailed information and guides is also located on the Melbourne Polytechnic staff portal under Academic - Educational Quality - Copyright. 

Information available via the portal includes

- the use of images in teaching resources

- Creative Commons licences

- the permissions registry (which lists agreements for the use of third-party materials in Melbourne Polytechnic teaching resources)

- the Electronic Use Scheme (EUS) which outlines how digital resources may be used eg. copied and communicated) for educational purposes